[uhn-der-stan-duh-buh l]


capable of being understood; comprehensible.

Origin of understandable

1350–1400; Middle English: orig., capable of understanding; see understand, -able
Related formsun·der·stand·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·der·stand·a·bly, adverbnon·un·der·stand·a·ble, adjectiveun·un·der·stand·a·ble, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of understandable

Historical Examples of understandable

  • Some understandable bit of machinery would have been reassuring.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • Gropingly he tried to marshal his facts into some understandable sequence.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • The comparison may be a homely one, but it is understandable.

  • His desire to avoid it in the midst of a campaign is understandable.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • He did not notice the Harn creature at all—which was understandable, it was well camouflaged.

    Cat and Mouse

    Ralph Williams

Word Origin and History for understandable

late 14c., "able to understand;" late 15c., "able to be understood," from understand + -able. Related: Understandably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper